November 24, 2014

EVENT: Eco wedding pop up

Now here's a wedding fair with a difference, bringing together eco wedding suppliers and talented green wedding designers from the South West of England.


Lovely GU partner Rachel Mills of the Green Wedding Boutique just told us she's been really busy planning and preparing for her Eco Wedding Pop Up Fair in Bristol which she decided to set up in order to bring under one roof some of the amazingly talented eco wedding suppliers she's found around Avon and Somerset with an opportunity to showcase what's on offer for eco chic brides and grooms to be in that area.

It's Rachel's first pop up event, so we really wish her loads of fun and visitors for the big day!

WHEN? Sunday 30 November, 2014 from 11.00 am – 5.30 pm

WHERE? BS1 Popup shop, Arclight House, 3 Unity Street, Bristol, BS1 5HH


If you're in Bristol on Sunday then get along and be inspired to create your own naturally green wedding!

Posted in Green Wedding Events , Inspiration

November 20, 2014

EVENT: Make your own Welsh Green wedding rings

If you fancy making your own wedding rings but don't know where to start then you just may still be in time to book a place on this great little workshop being held at Ceridwen Centre.

Image: Maggie Designs

Angie Northwood is a local crafts person who creates jewellery from recycled silver and copper. Her work is inspired by the magical, mystical beauty of Wales with its rolling green valleys, ancient woodlands and stunning coastline.

She is offering the opportunity for couples to attend a workshop with her to make their own wedding bands or to make a special piece as a gift for their maids or mothers.

A personal 1:1 or 2:1 workshop lasts approximately 3 hours and costs £60 per person. In that time she will guide and support you through the process of designing and making an original piece of jewellery for your wedding to keep forever.

"We knew we wanted to make our own wedding rings but had no idea where to start. Angie gave expert and extremely friendly guidance in a calming and creative atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and have come away with two magnificent and unique rings that we'll cherish forever along with happy memories of their creation."
Menna and Catherine, October 2014

Very limited places so book early!

WHEN: 28th February and 1st March, 2015
WHERE: Ceridwen Centre, Carmarthenshire, West Wales
HOW MUCH: £60 per person for a half-day 1:1 or 1:2 workshop. Lunch bookable as an extra.

To book a workshop at the Ceridwen Centre with Angie please contact Simone or Eleanor on 01559 370517 or email

If there is sufficient demand Angie will be doing another day on 14th March.

Posted in Green Wedding Courses , Events , Venues

November 17, 2014

SUPPLIER FOCUS: Wild & Wondrous Flowers!

We've struggled to entice wedding suppliers in the North West to join Green Union and spend a lot of time trying to find them directly on behalf of Brides who contact us trying to find ethical services up there.

So today we're especially pleased to welcome another perfectly formed small and ethical business that services green weddings throughout the North West of England...


Wild & Wondrous, established by the lovely Nicola and assisted by Emma, specialise in British and locally grown flowers, foliages and plants, and only use imported flowers that are grown sustainably and ethically when they can't source locally. In fact, Nicola told me that her flower wholesaler was particularly challenged by her request but backed her all the way and he now happily supplies her with everything she needs!


It's not always easy to stick to your principles when you're juggling your income against the needs and wishes of brides, but Nicola says she tries to guide them through their ideas with suggestions of what is in season, where they can use British Flowers and how to create the looks they dream of and still have an eco-friendly wedding supporting their natural and sustainable ethos.


Nicola creates amazing and beautiful floral arrangements for weddings and events from her shop in Bolton and is very happy to work with brides to decorate their wedding day to perfection!

For more information go to Wild & Wondrous, email or phone 01204 674900

Posted in Green Wedding Ethical Vendors , Fair Trade , Flowers

November 15, 2014

THE GUIDE: Choosing your perfect engagement ring

A little bird told us that the most popular day to get married is Christmas Day - I'm not sure I believe this but I do know that it's a really popular day for that all important proposal ...

So once the question has been popped and whether you're choosing a ring for a surprise proposal, or choosing together after the event, the process of finding the perfect one can seem complicated, but it isn't actually.​

So our lovely friends over at Cred Jewellery have put together a little flip book Guide to Choosing your Engagement Ring which clearly takes you through the process.

I think the thing most of you lovely readers will be interested in, is that Cred, as well as the classic '4 C's' that get bandied about, also offer another vital 5th C - CONSCIENCE. I think, to date, they are the only jeweller labelling their gold with both the source and the content, giving peace of mind to you, the recipient.

A ring that can truly symbolise love.

For more information about Cred, visit their website.

Posted in Green Wedding Conflict Free , Fair Trade , Jewellery

November 13, 2014

EVENT: Autumn’s arrival means Open Weekend time for you!

Well, can you believe it - Autumn Open Weekend season has already got off to a great start!

And World Inspired Tents is, once again, opening their tent flaps at the lovely Darts Farm, near Topsham in Devon. They will be joined by all manner of wedding industry talents including Devon Vintage China, The Little Wedding Helper, West Dorset Weddimg Flowers and The Poundbury Florist to name but a few.


Dartmoor Kitchen and Tom’s Pies will be there to chat about local food for your wedding and there'll also be treats and samples supplied by Luscombe Drinks, Wildflower Favours, Bespoke Confetti and Cloud Nine Marshmallows.

All in all, if you trot along, you'll be in very good company and get tons of inspiration for your own very natural wedding!

World Inspired Autumn Open Weekend
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th 10am to 4pm
Location - Darts Farm, Topsham, Devon, EX3 0QH
T: 01271 851160 if you'd like to book some dedicated time with the team.

Posted in Green Wedding Events , Marquees & Tents

November 10, 2014

SUPPLIER FOCUS: Sensational sea glass jewellery

Today we're extending the warmest welcome to delightful Drift Jewellery, a perfectly formed little design company that hand makes the most beautiful and delicate jewellery using sea glass found on the beaches of Suffolk, Spain and The Isles of Scilly.


When Fiona Petheram told me about her jewellery I was blown away by the romance of the ethereal pieces she makes. The idea that each piece of glass she finds is totally unique and began its journey from something that was once discarded, maybe hundreds of years ago or only last summer. Fascinatingly, the colours seem to reflect the sea - the luminous whites, greens and blues could have been wine, ale or ink bottles, while the rarer purples and pinks could have come from perfume or medicine bottles.


The fact that plastic is so rapidly replacing the use of glass for containers means that all the pieces she makes will become increasingly rare, as the sea glass becomes harder to find.


So having a bespoke piece of sea glass jewellery made to wear on your wedding day, or buying some or Fiona's pieces to give your maids as a thank you, means you'll be investing in a lasting and very precious keep sake.


If you want to find out more about Fiona's work, talk over your own ideas for your wedding jewellery or order some sweet bracelets for your flower girls then go to Drift Jewellery or email

Posted in Green Wedding Bridesmaids , Flower Girls , Jewellery

November 08, 2014

EVENT: Tipi open weekend ...

The folks at Event in a Tent are opening their tipis for inspection next month. Look at those lovely tents - don't miss it!


They say: "We welcome you to come and join us at our Open Day to view our amazing range of tipis available for hire from weddings to birthday parties, corporate events and even music festivals. We have invited along a handful of select suppliers who will be there to help you along the way with styling, catering and more to help plan your big event. If you would like more information or would like a chat about your plans then why not come along and visit us."

Event in a Tent Autumn Open Weekend
Friday October 11th - 3pm to 6pm
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th 11am to 6pm
Location - Quarry Park, Shrewsbury SY1 1RND
T: 01978 853559

Posted in Green Wedding Events , Marquees & Tents

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